Brittnay M. Howell
ECE 205: Introduction to Child Development
Instructor Nadia Hasan
August 11, 2014
Written Campaign Proposal: Bullying
Bullying has been a problem for world for generations. According to a UCLA psychology study, bullying boosts the social status and popularity of school students, which in turn makes the student want to bully more. The website NOBullying.com states, “20 percent of U.S. students in grades 9-12 reportedly have experienced bullying, while 28 percent of students in grades 6-12 report the same. Experts agree that most incidences of bullying occur during middle school. Most of these students in the …show more content…
During the elementary school age, “children are still learning the art of cooperation and sharing, which means that relationships are often more awkward and tumultuous. Skills develop in this domain through trial and error with peers, and most children feel the pull of peer pressure. This pull is especially strong because opinions of peers matter now more than ever before. This makes some children primes targets for bullying” (Groark, McCarthy, & Kirk, 2014). Although middle and high school bullying can sometimes be worse, it is important to try and campaign for anti-bullying while they are still young and willing.
To understand where bullying comes from, we have to understand historical, biological, environmental, and cultural influences that effect people. Bullying isn’t just limited to the United States, although it seems that where the world’s attention is when something major happens regarding bullying. The website, Scientific American states, “A 2005 multinational study that spanned 28 countries across North America and Europe revealed how commonplace bullying is and how consistent its effects are (Due et al, 2005). Due et al (2005) used 12 physical and psychological symptoms associated with being bullied to measure the effects of this behavior on the youth in the study. They found that the amount of bullying experienced by kids in